Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

New to Interact2

Interact2 is CSU’s online learning environment. Interact2 brings together tools used to enhance teaching and support subject delivery. The learning management system we use to provide subject material is Blackboard.

A guide called, Teaching with Interact2: A guide for new staff, has been developed to assist you.

Log Into Interact2

Once you have your CSU username and password you can access Interact2 on your computer, or through a mobile app.

  1. Log into staff.csu http://staff.csu.edu.au. You will see a link to Interact2.


  2. Go to the website for Interact2 https://interact2.csu.edu.au

Navigating in Interact2

When you first log in to Interact2 you will see the dashboard, which is your personal home page. It contains some standard items, but you are also able to customise it to suit your own needs.

The following image show you what a standard dashboard looks like:

Dashboard

A: Click the arrow next to your name at the top of the screen to access the global navigation panel. It contains the user-centred menus that provide access to your courses, as well as other links. You can change some personal settings, such as text size. The logout (Interact2 Logout Button) function is nearby.

B: The Help link is visible everywhere in Interact2, and opens in a new window or tab depending on your browser settings. Help material includes many official Blackboard video tutorials.

C: Each window on the dashboard is known as a module. The following list includes some of the modules you may find:

  • My Courses: Displays links to subjects and courses you are enrolled in or teaching.
  • My Announcements: Displays announcements from your memberships. Announcements communicate important, time-sensitive information.

You can collapse individual windows and change the position of modules. To move a module, point to the title bar to access the four arrows, press and drag the module into its new location, and release.

D: Add Module: Click to view the list of available modules, such as dictionary, report card, and notes. Descriptions are provided in the list so you can choose the most suitable to add to your personalised dashboard. Good practice is to limit the number of modules that are open in order to minimise scrolling.

E: The calendar tool allows you to view events by day, week, month, or year. You can view and organize upcoming and past events into categories. It includes:

  • All of a your personal entries
  • Entries for all courses you are enrolled in
  • Entries for any organisations you are enrolled in
  • Institution-wide events. More information.

F: Organisations are sites for purposes other than learning and teaching. For more information see the Organisations section).

G: Study Success is an organisation that all students automatically belong to, and contains a range of support material for students. Staff may access it by clicking on the Enrol link that is visible when first entering the Study Success site.

H: The Content Collection gives a view of accessible content stored in Interact2. Rights for the extent of the following abilities are role-dependant, but all users have the ability to use the Content Collection to store, share, and publish content. You can store and find content in personal, organisation, and course folders in the Content Collection. More information.

For further information on the personal settings, select one of the options in the right hand menu.

Browser Support

Interact2 supports four primary browsers (see table below).

Browser

Supported Desktop* Browser Versions

1. Chrome**

36+

2. Edge**

20+

3. Firefox**

31+

4. Safari

6+ (MacOS only)

* Mobile app versions of these browsers may not be supported at this time, although users may have success using them.

** Google Chrome versions 42+, Mozilla Firefox versions 52+, and Microsoft Edge do not support NPAPI-type plug-ins, including many media browser plug-ins.

Use the following Blackboard links to check the compatibility of your operating system. 

Browser Checker - Find out if your browser and operating system is supported by Blackboard

Supported browsers -  Interact 2 supported browsers

Accessing Your Subject Site

When you log in to interact2 you will be automatically directed to the dashboard. From the dashboard your subjects and any course sites that you belong to will be listed under My Courses. To enter a particular subject simply click on the link.

Subject Site Availability

Subject sites are created automatically a year in advance once for all sessions & terms at the same time. Subject sites cannot be manually created by a user.

Subject site will be available to students automatically 28 days before the start of session unless made available earlier by an authorised staff member. If you wish to do this:

  • Enter your subject site and go to Control Panel > Customisation > Properties.
  • Select the Yes radio button for the setting Make Course Available.
  • Click the Submit button.

Navigate a Subject Site

After you access your subject site you will have the following navigation options.

What the symbols mean

Site Navigation Menu

The Interact2 subject site menu is located in the left column and provides students a way to navigate through the subject.

A standard menu will be presented when the subject is created but this can be customised to reflect your educational approach.

The left-hand menu links directly to different sections of your subject site.

You can add, remove and reorder items on this menu when in edit mode.

NOTE: Users will only see items that are available on the menu.

As an instructor or leader of a site you can hide items on the menu and in edit mode you will see them.

It is recommended that you retain the default menu names as much as possible to provide a consistent interface experience for students.

Breadcrumbs

Once you click on a section, such as 'topics', breadcrumbs are the best way to navigate back to previous pages (not the back button).
The breadcrumbs allow you to trace the path to and from each item.

This video shows you how to get orientated with your site.

Accessing/Creating an Organisation Site

Organisations are sites that can be used for a variety of teaching and non- teaching purposes.

Those that you belong to can be found on the Organisations tab.

Organisation membership is organised into three sections:

  • Participant: you are able to view content but not edit
  • Assistant: you have some editing options
  • Leader: you have full editing options.

An organisation can be created by anyone with a staff login to Interact2. To create an organisation  click on the Organisation Creation from the organisation page, further instructions are available from Create an Interact2 Organisation.

Note: When creating and org site you can change the name but not the ID information  once it has been created.

Accessibility

Interact2 is committed to ensuring that the platform is usable and accessible. The code and user interface design techniques are continually audited to ensure that the application is usable by everyone, to the greatest extent possible, regardless of age, ability, or situation.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + Alt + m Open Global Navigation menu
Shift + Alt + l Open Quick Links

Change Text Size

Use the browser's controls to change text styles. You can use the following key combinations for all browsers:

For Windows:
  • Zoom In: Press CTRL "+"
  • Zoom Out: Press CTRL "-"
  • Reset or Original Size: Press CTRL "0" (except for Internet Explorer)
For Macs:
  • Zoom In: Press COMMAND "+"
  • Zoom Out: Press COMMAND "-"
  • Reset or Original Size: Press COMMAND "0"
Internet Explorer

From the menu bar, select View > Zoom > Zoom In or Zoom Out -OR- select a percentage.

FireFox

From the menu bar, select View > Zoom Text Only and select Zoom In or Zoom Out from the same menu. Only the text size changes while other elements on the page remain the same. If you want to change all page elements, clear the Zoom Text Only selection and then select View > Zoom In or Zoom Out. Select Reset to return the view to the original size.

Safari

From the menu bar, select View > Zoom Text Only and select Zoom In or Zoom Out from the same menu. Only the text size changes while other elements on the page remain the same. If you want to change all page elements, clear the Zoom Text Only selection and select View > Zoom In or Zoom Out. Select Actual Size to return the view to the original size.

Google Chrome

From the menu bar, select View > Zoom In or Zoom Out. Select Actual Size to return the view to the original size.

High Contrast Setting

Go to Global Navigation Panel (the dropdown beside your name in the top right-hand corner of Interact2) > Settings

High contrast setting